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The Inclusive Team

Ric Simmons
INCLUSIVE Wedding Alliance
Founder & President
INCLUSIVE, the magazine


Since 2015 I have advocated for additional inclusive awareness education and resources for the wedding and event industry.

Experiencing the bigotry that can be exhibited from a uneducated and un inclusive wedding vendor, can be life changing!

It changed my life advocating for LGBTQIA2S+ couples in the wedding and event industry. No couple should ever experience bigotry while planning or celebrating the most important day of their lives.

I wrote, "The Ten Steps To Inclusive Practices," for hetero wedding and event allies. It's essential information is perfect information for any ally to be an affirming ally to all LGBTQIA2S+ couples.

Nine out of ten couples believe or perceive the wedding industry is homophobic.

We have a lot of work to do! Join us!

Ricardo Tomas
Inclusive Luxury Weddings
Chief Contributing Editor


WHEN I HEAR “luxury wedding,” Ricardo Tomas immediately comes to mind.

We met in 2015 at a one-day certification class taught by Bernadette Smith, author of The Business of Gay Weddings: A Guide for Wedding Professionals.

Ricardo and I ended up having lunch that day and have been friends since.

Ricardo listens to what his clients want and takes their vision beyond their expectations, specializing in “fun, unique, and unforgettable weddings.” Ricardo sets the standard for luxury. With exquisite taste, his unique understanding of fashion and interior design plays a crucial role in planning an unforgettable, lavish event.

When a wedding bears Ricardo’s signature, you can be sure it will live in the hearts, minds, and souls of all who attended for years to come. I am humbled and honored to have Ricardo INCLUSIVE, the magazine’s Chief Contributing Editor for luxury weddings.

Experience one of Ricardo's Inclusive Luxury Weddings in the Premier issue of INCLUSIVE, the magazine - Valentine's Day 2023.

Allen Bencomo
Officiating Inclusive Weddings
Chief Contributing Editor


As a shy kid growing up, it was easy for Allen to fly under the radar when it came to his sexuality.

In the middle of five siblings, someone older or younger was always getting attention. Allen didn’t see the need to “come out” to his parents.

Allen’s brother, however, came out to his mother one day while Allen was sitting in the room. His mother looked at Allen and said, “What? Are you gay too?” to which Allen replied, “Think about the question you’re asking; if you want me to answer, I’ll answer it.”

She never asked again.

Read Allen's full story in INCLUSIVE, the magazine March 2023 issue.

Camille Jocsak
Inclusive Weddings & Romantic Travel
Chief Contributing Editor


Camille brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her work with
The Inclusive Wedding Alliance.

Camille is a Certified Global Travel Specialist, Certified Accessible Travel Advocate, and Inclusive Wedding Alliance Sponsor.

Camille serves on the Advisory Board for the International Association of Destination Wedding Professionals (IADWP) and Travel Edge Corporation's Trendsetters & Diversity Committee.

She is an active member of the International Live Events Association (ILEA), Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners (CANSPEP), Women's Speaker's Association (WSA), Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA), International Travel Writers Alliance, Love Mexico to name a few, that she offers her time and knowledge.

Randi Winter
Inclusive Lifestyle Contributing Editor

Randi Winter is a regular Inclusive Lifestyle contributing editor and has been at the forefront of the LGBTQIA2S+ travel industry for decades.

Randi's current project as co-author of a book on the future of cruising, reflects her focus and passion as an inclusive specialist in and journalist of inspired experiences as a Special Needs Ambassador, non -profit founder and NGO partner, as a writer, mentor, volunteer and ally.

She is known as the passion driven connector and  was a finalist for a prestigious Golden Leadership award. Randi’s motto is “Let your passions be your guide,” transforming #traveldreams2memories with VIP Perks and Privileges. Travel should be enlightening, enriching, and transformative, opening doors and minds.

It is about creating memorable moments of surprise and delight that epitomize the WOW factor as unique as your fingerprints. Randi has cruised, sailed, barged, spa-d, hiked, biked, walked, talked, shopped, and eaten her way through many countries and is still hungry for more!


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